Research Profile: Stephen Burns

Stephen is Coordinator of Ministry Studies at Pilgrim Theological College, where he accompanies the candidates for public ministries of the church, and teaches across worship and ministry units. He is Professor of Liturgical and Practical Theology in the University of Divinity, and convenes the research work of the Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies. A British-Australian citizen, he studied theology at the universities of Durham (BA, hons; MA; PhD) and Cambridge (MLitt) and is a presbyter in the Church of England. He has taught in ecumenical seminaries in the UK (The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, where he is International Research Consultant; Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre, Durham) as well as in the USA (Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge) and Australia (United Theological College, Sydney).


Stephen’s teaching at Pilgrim in 2020 is teaching Liturgical Theology and PracticeAdvanced Readings in Liturgical Theology and Shoulder to Shoulder: Readings in Feminist Theology.


Stephen’s publications include:

Forthcoming publications include

Twentieth-century Anglican Theologians: Explorations in a Global Tradition (coedited with Bryan Cones and James Tengatenga; Chicester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020).


Stephen’s research areas centre on liturgical theology, feminist and postcolonial theologies. Ongoing research projects include: According to All? Postcolonial Perspectives on Catholicity (contracted to Lexington, coedited with Bryan Cones), Doing Liturgical Theology—Method and Context (contracted to Peeters, coedited with Jason McFarland), Grace and Glory in One Another’s Faces: Ann Loades on Worship and Preaching (contracted to Canterbury, edited) and Riting the Body: Feminist Liturgy—Theology and Practice, with Nicola Slee.
Current research areas are indicated in his recent writing, including:

Forthcoming essays include: “Silence,” in Bordered Bodies, Bothered Voices: Migrant and Native Theologies, ed. Jione Havea; “Gender Matters,” in The Study of the Bible and Liturgy, eds. Gordon Jeanes and Bridget Nichols; “Un/usual Suspects,” and essays on Dorothy L. Sayers, Ann Loades, Kenneth Leech and Carter Heyward for Twentieth-century Anglican Theologians.


Stephen is open to enquires about postgraduate research in liturgical, feminist, postcolonial, modern Anglican and ecumenical theologies.


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